Happy Tuesday, my friends! If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to eat healthy, this post is for you! Come see how my husband prepares easy grilled salmon for a delicious and healthy meal!
A few years ago my husband and I made a conscious decision to improve our health by changing our diet. We started by eating more fresh vegetables, greens and less carbohydrates. Also we started eating more fish and lean meat. We joined Costco last year and from there started buying our salmon, fish and chicken, in bulk.
You can buy nearly 3 pounds of fresh farmed salmon for around $22.00 at Costco. This translates into approximately 7 servings at $3.15 per piece. At the grocery store salmon sells for $6-7 per piece so you save nearly half by shopping this way. So, we like to buy salmon in bulk and cook it all at once.
Here’s how simple it is to make delicious grilled salmon!
First, my husband, Brad, pre-heats the gas grill to 450 degrees. Then, he washes the salmon thoroughly, and pats it dry. He slices it into 1 ½-2″ individual pieces. (This size yields 6-7 servings.)
Brad seasons one side of the fish by rubbing each piece with a little olive oil. Then he sprinkles a bit of granulated garlic powder, coarse Kosher Salt and fresh ground pepper (to taste) on each piece. (You can also squeeze a bit of fresh lemon on top if you wish.) Then, he slices up fresh lemon and uses the slices as a base on which to cook each piece of salmon. Each piece takes about 3-4 thin slices of lemon.
*TIP: Season only the top side of the fish. The bottom side will absorb the flavor from the lemon slices giving it a fresh and mildly tangy flavor.
**BONUS TIP: Cooking the salmon on top of the lemon slices prevents the fish from sticking to the grill.
Brad cooks the salmon on the grill for about 12 minutes. The lemon slices eliminate the need to turn the fish and the lemon flavor is absorbed in the salmon. You can see how he has the fish marinated and lemons sliced for easy transfer to the hot grill using tongs.
This grilled salmon is tender, flaky and delicious! And OHHH so simple! On January 1st, we made the traditional New Year’s Day dinner but with a twist. Legend has it that black-eyed peas represent coins, and collard greens for dollar bills for prosperity, wealth and good luck for the new year. Instead of pork, we added fish as a symbol of Christianity, in hopes that this year will continue to bring blessings of health and happiness to our family and friends.
What we love about this recipe is not only is it easy to make, but inexpensive as well! And who doesn’t love leftovers? For example, last night Brad and I cooked 7 pieces of salmon and each had a piece for dinner. Then, for the next few days we will heat up a piece and serve it with a light salad for lunch. I’m all about quick and easy meals and eating leftovers is the perfect way to do so! Speaking of lunch, bon appetit!
If you love salmon, I know you will love this simple and easy recipe! Give it a try and let me know how it turns out! Have a wonderful day and let’s chat soon, shall we? xoxo Dell